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Airstream Launches Owner Board

Thu Mar 7, 2019
Author: RV News Staff

155067861515880.pngAirstream Inc. plans to create a customer advisory board that will help shape the direction of the company and its products.

Current Airstream owners will comprise the 12-member group. Board members will serve one-year terms on an all-volunteer basis and interact quarterly with company leadership.

“The members of the customer advisory board will be intimately involved in shaping the future of Airstream,” Airstream COO Justin Humphreys says. “We know that our biggest fans can be our toughest critics, but we also know that’s where the best ideas begin. The Airstream community is filled with so much thoughtfulness and talent. We can’t wait to get started.”

Airstream encourages owners to apply on the company’s website. Although the position is unpaid, the company will fly selected applicants to the company’s corporate headquarters and manufacturing center in Ohio to meet with executives. Among the leaders who will work with the board are executives overseeing business strategy, manufacturing, product development, marketing, and sales.

“In 1951, our founder traveled across the world with a caravan of Airstreamers, men and women who wanted nothing more than to seek adventure and see the world,” Airstream President and CEO Bob Wheeler says. “It was the first road test, and it taught us the value of a customer feedback loop. We’ve never lost sight of that, and the new customer advisory board is yet another opportunity to connect with and learn from our customers.”

Customer advisory board members will take part in early product previews, discuss product road maps and provide counsel for upcoming initiatives. The company plans to update the group regularly on initiatives developed from the board’s recommendations.